Direct flight Bari-Moscow more impulse to tourism in the name of St. Nicholas
On 24 June Bari will inaugurate its direct flight to Moscow. It will fly once a week for hours, on Sunday afternoons, for four hours to Moscow’s Domodedovo airport by Siberian airlines S7 Airlines. “The agreement, of which we only knew the conclusion yesterday, is a goal that crowns teamwork”. To say it with pride is the president of the Puglia Region Michele Emiliano, in the press conference that saw the presence of the president of Aeroporti di Puglia, Tiziano Onesti, the vice mayor of Bari, Vincenzo Brandi, the secretary of the bishop of Bari, mgr. Lino Larocca, and the prior of the Basilica of San Nicola, father Giovanni Distante.
“Each for his part and with the help of St. Nicholas – continues Emiliano – we have reached a great result. The company entrusted with this route is an authoritative company, the S7, with thirty years of history and among the largest air companies in Europe. But this is a desired goal of the new Russian consul and the ecumenical opening of the Bari curia”.
It will then fly from the Bari Karol Wojtyla airport on Sunday afternoons aboard a Boeing 737 with 168 seats and at a cost, as expected by Onesti, less than 200 euros. The intention, however, according to what the president of Aeroporti di Puglia states, is to bring flights from one to three weekly to give more choice to users. “We want to do more weekly flights and we are working on this aspect. – Reaffirms Onesti – The flight is already on sale and it is a great pride for us that this year, despite the various problems due to bad weather and problems due to Ryanair we could not exceed seven million users in the airports of Puglia. A result that would have improved the already big one of 2017”.
However, the agreement is the sign of a great economic but also religious interest between the two countries. In fact, for the Russians, visiting the Basilica of San Nicola is not a precept but it is something to do at least once in a lifetime. In fact, millions of Orthodox pilgrims reach the Apulian capital every year: “I am delighted with the sign of Saint Nicholas, “Father Distante confirmed, “because it is an event that highlights an indissoluble bond with Saint Nicholas. The agreement connects a people, like the Russian, who has always been a devotee of the Saint of Myra. Given the great spiritual importance for the Orthodox, this is a real opportunity to finally reach Bari in the easiest way possible”.